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Canopic jar

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This canopic jar has been carved of travertine (Egyptain alabaster). Slightly convex sides flare outward from a small, flat base to high, wide-set shoulders which curve in to a narrowly carved aperture. It has broken into several fragment and mended, and it is incomplete.


From Deir el-Bersha, chamber 51 A. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13, 2061–1640 B.C.




Height: 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes